I knew Julia Child was involved with the Office of Strategic Services as a research assistant during World War II, but I had always read that her being an actual spy during WWII was just a rumor.
Turns out, Julia KICKED ASS.
You have no idea how much more this endears her to my heart. Fois gras AND a spy! Wow. Truly, here is a woman who did what she wanted. If she was ever afraid -- whether it was to learn to cook, to be on live television, or that she'd be caught by her enemy -- she never gave in to her fears. She pushed on and made the life she wanted.
What a wonderful role model. (I think so, anyway.)